12 May: Stanford University Green Dorm Researchers awarded $75,000

This past year, Stanford University’s Lotus Living Laboratory has been an opportunity for student and faculty researchers to collaboratively develop green building technology, collaborative design processes, and building metering and feedback systems. Students presented the results of this effort from May 9-10 on the Mall in Washington DC. They competed with 40 other teams nationwide that had also received $10,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for Phase I of the 2nd annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition.

The Stanford group won $75,000 of Phase II P3 funding to continue supporting their research. The students also won the Green Building Initiative Green Globes award for “being the entry that showed the most potential for commercialization/expansion into the market place”, which also includes a $1,000 cash prize. In particular, the judges were impressed by the goals of the project, which include building a green dorm at Stanford and developing a larger program that researches and educates about sustainable pathways for resource use and building development.

The Stanford students are excited that they will be able to continue and expand the scope of their research, and they had a great time networking with young people from the other teams.

EPA P3 Grant Competition

Stanford students were honored to be one of 42 student teams selected as Phase I award winners for the 2nd annual People, Prosperity and the Planet grant of the Environmental Protection Agency. We have been awarded $10,000 to spend on materials for student research projects, computer and sensing equipment, and travel expenses. This is the abstract for our project, submitted to the EPA:

“A great challenge to sustainability in the built environment is an absence of common knowledge about the true, life-cycle costs of building and operating systems to meet basic human needs. The Green Dorm Project at Stanford University explores sustainable building technologies and sustainable living habits through the design, construction and operation of an innovative facility containing residential, laboratory and commons space. Both the design process and resulting physical spaces will model accessible systems that engage participants and make apparent the connections between use patterns and resource cycles. The project will create networks of information and resources, the structure and content of which will be a tool for other sustainable development projects both locally and globally.

Central to the Green Dorm is an accurate building systems metering network that will feed a central database, rendering our _living laboratory_ an ideal testing facility for innovative building system designs. Project participants will document system function to educate building and web users and to develop performance-based code compliance. We hope documentation of our methods will influence future codes and design guidelines, thus extending the influence of our project by sharing pathways for enhancing sustainability.
Concurrent with a professional feasibility study, the P3 grant will provide funds to purchase building system components, metering equipment, and a computer to act as a server for a comprehensive information management system. Site and resource system inquiry, metering prototyping, and information management will be explored through coursework, directed research and student internships with Stanford staff and design professionals.”

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